14-Dec-2021

We are pleased to announce we have secured an extra £3.5 million from National Highways designated funds to enhance the St Neots Future High Streets Fund town centre regeneration projects.

Earlier this year we announced that St Neots would be a beneficiary of the government’s Future High Streets Fund following a successful business case bid from us, making it one of only 72 high streets across England to receive government funding.

Following our successful bid for further funding from National Highways, the total District Council-led investment into the St Neots regeneration programme is now £16.3 million.

The extra funding from National Highways will help to deliver three of the six Future High Streets Fund projects. It will support:

  • pedestrian and cycling improvements to St Neots Road Bridge

  • High Street improvements including; tree-planting, improved crossings, and safer loading and parking bays

  • Market Square improvements including the removal of car parking, improved public realm and connectivity enhancements for buses and taxis.

Executive Leader of the council, Councillor Ryan Fuller, said:

"The District Council’s ambitions for St Neots, and our other market towns, are without limit. Having already secured £6.9 million of government and other local funding and invested £5.9 million into this project directly.

"I am delighted that our latest bid to National Highways has been approved; and that we have delivered another £3.5 million for the St Neots town centre regeneration projects.

"In total, we have now brought together £16.3 million of new investment to support and enhance St Neots town centre."

National Highways Project Director for the A428 scheme, Lee Galloway, said:

"Strong relationships and partnerships with our communities are important to us. The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvement scheme will bring huge benefits to all those who live, work and travel in and around Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

"By providing this funding and working with our partners, together we’ll be able to continue delivering greater benefits to the local people and the community."

The extra funds for St Neots will be used to further enhance the work that is already ongoing, the prime goal of which is to regenerate St Neots town centre and provide a town centre fit for the future.

View further information on the Future High Street Fund projects.

The full £16.3 million investment for St Neots is made up of:

  • £3.8 million from the Future High Streets Fund

  • £5.9 million from Huntingdonshire District Council

  • £3.1 million from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and

  • the new funding of £3.5 million from National Highways.